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Item description for The Scofield Study Bible III, NASB: New American Standard Bible by C. I. Scofield...
Overview This adaptation (not revision) of the renowned Scofield(R) Study Bible with the celebrated New American Standard Bible translation features a wealth of new factual material designed to enrich the reader's understanding of the Word of God.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: Length: 9.94" Width: 7.15" Height: 1.71" Weight: 3.09 lbs.
Binding Leather, Imitation
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195280350 ISBN13 9780195280357
Closure: Zipper Color: Black Point/Type Size: 0.00 Version: NAs Boxed Presentation: Yes - Comes Boxed! Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction! Maps: Yes - Contains Maps Outlines: Yes - Contains Outlines Gilded: Yes - Pages are gilded! Ribbon Marker: Yes - Keep's your place! Presentation Bible: Yes
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More About C. I. Scofield
Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (1843-1921), Bible student and author, was born in Lenawee County, Michigan, reared in Wilson County, Tennessee, and privately educated. Converted at 36, he was ordained to the congregational ministry in 1882, and served as pastor of the First Church, Dallas, Texas (1882-1895), and again (1902-1907); and of the Moody Church, Northfield, Massachusetts (1895-1902). He spent his later years lecturing on biblical subjects on both sides of the Atlantic. The work for which he is best remembered is his 1909 dispensational premillennial Scofield Reference Bible.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Scofield Study Bible III, NASB: New American Standard Bible?
A great Bible Jan 4, 2007
First, just let me say that this Bible is of excellent quality. I find the binding looks good and feels good to touch. The type is comfortable to read and the thumb index is very helpful. Not all Bibles have that thumb-index and if you are as out of practice reading your Bible as I was, these will be very helpful! Especially in Sunday School class if you have a teacher who is very familiar with the scripture and likes to jump around a lot.
I completely agree with Scofield on every point and every note. The doctrine he espouses goes hand in hand with the actual words of our Lord. Scofield excudes common sense when dealing with such things as the Creation (a very sticky point and a stumbling block for me in the past, but no more). Some might be offended by his Creation explanation, because he does not adhere to the 6 24-hour day fundamentalist view. This was one of the things that actually SOLD me on this Bible. Fundamentalists may not like this Bible for that reason, but it has been the answer for me.
The New American Standard translation is easy to read in comparison to the King James Version. It is less contemporary than the NIV, but I find that the NIV goes too far sometimes in its contemporary language and robs some of the strength of the text. Not so with the NASB ... it's taken out all of the Thees and Thous and Verilys, but the urgency of the text is still felt on every page. This is not a Bible that has watered down Jesus' message. It does not take a "namby pamby" approach to your salvation. It clearly and emphatically tells you what is required of you to enter the Kingdom of Heaven ... one way and only one way.
The Notes and insets are quite informative and helpful. There are some nice maps in the back.
I highly recommend this Bible for those of you who had your religion educated out of you in one of our liberal institutes of higher learning.
God bless you.
NASB - The Best "Word for Word" Translation Sep 29, 2006
As any true student of the Bible knows, the languages of the Bible cannot be perfectly translated "word for word" into English. Additionally, just as in English a word may have various definitions based on the context, the same is true with Greek and Hebrew. Many schollars agree that the NASB is about as close as one can come to a true word for word translation. Having a good word for word translation of the Bible is essential for any serious Bible sudent.
The causual reader will find this translation very easy to read, using modern English, but should have the understanding that there are a few passages where the full intent of the writer could not be fully expressed. Additionally, beacuase some words may have more than one possible definition, disagreement exists as to what the writer may have intended to say in a few passages. None of this changes the over all message of the Bible.
If one wants to unlock some of the deeper meanings of the orginal languages, they should invest in a good Greek and Hebrew concordance as well, such as Strongs Exhaustive Concordance. You can even get a copy of the NASB with Stongs numbers. Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words is also a good book to have.
Any Bible claiming to be a 'traslation' that does not follow 'word for word', is really not a translation at all, but a paraphrase.
The best paraphase Bible that you can get would be the Amplified Bible by the Lockman Foudnation which clearly marks words that have been added, (not translated), as well as alternate readings of the origninal languges in order to assist the reader in understanding the original writers full intent.
Scofields notes present a popular premillennial view of Biblical prophecy which most evangelicals hold to be the correct view. That said, I have yet to find two students of the Bible who agree 100% with everything Scofield wrote.
Other popular study Bibles go way over the top on their commentary and references making them hard to read. If I want a commentary, I'll by a commentary. When I sit down to read the Bible, I want to read the Bible. Scofield provides just enough notes and references to provide a better degree of clarity, without filling half of each page with commentary. That's why this reference Bible has remained so popular for so many years.
All things considered, and many would agree, this is the best study Bible you can get.
This Bible is bound with bonded leather, while not as good as genuine leather, is also much less expensive and is quite durable.
An Excellent Edition Aug 1, 2006
I have just read a lengthy review(?) of this Bible, which turned out to be a scathing attack on the NASB, and feel myself a bit bilious; however, allow me to say that 99.5% of scholars in the original languages of the Bible (of whom I am honoured to know several), the NASB wins very high marks. I will go with them. Anyway, onward and upward...the NASB Scofield is here, as a continuation of Oxford's augmenting of the original Scofield Bible, the 'original' of which(1917) has a cult-following among Independent, fundamental Baptists. So far, the Bible has been printed in KJV, NKJV, NIV, NAS, ESV, and the HCSB will be out in 2007( Note, March, 2007: the HCSB Scofield is out an in stores---all thumb indexed. :-( ). Oxford has done a monumental job, in my opinion, providing a great reference Bible in all the popular translations. I am reviewing the NASB Scofield in Burgundy genuine leather, which is a royal red Berkshire leather, very handsome, and a beautiful shade of darkish-red. Oxford Bibles are smyth-sewn, and will last. They are printed in Korea, and the Koreans only sew the bindings. The print is 9-point and nice. My only gripe with the print is the horrendous shade of red used in the New Testament---it is fire-engine red and hard to read. Eye doctors will tell you that red print is NOT good on the eyes, and I believe it. Oxford has withdrawn the NKJV Scofield Black Letter Bible, unfortunately. Anyway, these new Scofields greatly augment the original Scofield notes with needed charts, intext maps, and helps from soup to nuts. This is a Bible worth having in a very good, formal-equivalence translation. It is a quality product---won't fall apart on you and the bindings won't crack. This is a good investment, and an excellent tool to study the Word.
Great Reference Bible Jul 14, 2006
First let me say that if you don't like the NASB you are entitled to that opinion. Don't buy this Bible or any other using this version.
If you like the NASB or if you want to try one of the better "modern" translations then this is an excellent investment. The quality of construction is outstanding. Oxford has done a great job in this regard.
For those looking for a comprehensive "Study Bible" let me advise you to try another. For me, the Scofield is a "reference" Bible. The notes have more to do with CI Scofield advancing his ideas about dispensationalism. There are many notes related to prophecy because of this and you will find them pretty much in keeping with the current views among evangelicals of the pre-trib camp. Still the notes can be sparse. If verse explanations and background is what you are looking for this is not the Bible for you.
If you want a more thorough Study Bible in this particular translation I would recommend the NASB Study Bible by Zondervan (using the same notes from the NIV Study Bible).
The advantage to the Scofield in general is the way that the text is layed out. The outlining with the headings (and subheadings) within the text is unparalleled. The topical and cross reference system is also top notch. The indexes to notes and subjects in the back are very helpful.
The Scofield has been a mainstay in evangelical Christianity for 100 years because of the insight of CI Scofield that has helped many to understand God's plan through the ages and the overall excellence of Oxford in producing these Bibles. It takes its place right alongside the Thompson Chain as one of the great Bibles of the last century.
My Honest-To-God Reaction Apr 6, 2006
Read I WAS A TEENAGE JEHOVAH'S WITNESS and JEHOVAH UNMASKED for two of the wildest rides ever!
The Scofield notes have become almost the Word of God in the minds of millions of fundamentalists, which is appalling and most unfortunate. That's bad enough, but to couple Scofield with the NASB? Depressing.
Scofield is surely wishing he had never infected the minds of millions with his "notes" that have taken the place of the Holy Spirit and actual research and study in the lives of millions, and is not pleased that a double whammy has now been unleashed upon the world. This combination is akin to Nuts N Gum, Whiskey N Guns, Crack N Heroin, or Darrin N Endora.
Throw out your Scofield and your NASB and unlearn all the nonsense.
How dare the Lockman Foundation knowingly mislead the Bible buying public by titling this version "The New American Standard Bible!" For those of you not in the know, the original American Standard Version of 1901 (called The Rock of Biblical Honesty) was a milestone in the translation of English Bibles. It was an American revision of the earlier English Revised Version of 1881, which was a revision of the KJV of 1611. In other words, the ASV of 1901 stood rightfully as a continuation of the English Bible that began with William Tyndale.
The NASB is the ASV is name only and has no connection whatsover to the ASV, the ERV, or the KJV. The Lockman Foundation cashed in on the rightful reputation of the real ASV of 1901, and sold an inferior translation to the unsuspecting American public. (I bought this Bible thirty-three years ago as a lad of nineteen precisely because I thought it was an update of the ASV of 1901!) THE NASB is inferior textually to the ASV, as well as far inferior to the ASV as an English translation. Supposedly a "literal" translation, this Bible is literal when being literal adds nothing to ones understanding, and is not literal when a literal translation would be illuminating.
Example: "Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD." (Genesis 4:1 NASB)
Literally, this verse translates to "I have procured a manchild, even Yahweh." There is no "with the help of Yahweh" in this verse. Eve thought her child was Yahweh Incarnate, a very fascinating Messianic Type, yet the Lockman Foundation in their "literal" Buble run right over it. However, most English Bibles are very frightended for some reason of translating this verse literally. Very few do so.
Another example: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Mathew 7:7 NASB) This verse is in the present continuous, so it should be rendered (if we're going to be literal) "Keep on asking and it will be given to you, keep on seeking and you will find, keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you." The fact that we;re told to KEEP ON asking, seeking, knocking is very important, wouldn't you say?
One can multiply these examples literally by the hundreds. I reiterate; the NASB is literal when being literal adds NOTHING to our understanding and is not literal when literalness would be very illuminating.
The NASB is misnamed and is an expensive disappointent.
If you truly seek a literal, precise, exacting and consistent English translation, you should obtain the Concordant Literal New Testament with Keyword Concordance. No other translation in English is as precise, exact, literal, and consistent. The CLNT is not a dumbed down version like the NIV or TEV. The translators presuupose you are intelligent with a good command of the English tongue, as well as a good grasp of Christianity. It also presupposes that you are ready to do some real digging and study. It gives you the tools to see and easily understand everything from the Greek manuscripts, right down to the grammatical elements and the Greek words themselves! The CLNT is a study Bible unlike any other. It's the literal version of the NT that you're looking for. It outs the NASB to shame in every way.
The Concordant Version of the OT is soon to be released. When that happens, the greatest translation of the Bible in the English tongue will be complete.
I give the NASB three stars because it isn't a complete waste of time and money, such as The Living Bible or the Good News Bible.
NJM "Have I become your enemy by telling you the Truth?"